Alberta Liberals release statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann issue the following statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Swann stated, “On December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they were women.

“Twenty-nine years later, Canada continues to feel the effects of this attack. Women are still targets of abuse and violence because of their gender.”

Khan stated, “We celebrate the of tearing down of patriarchal values and institutions that treat women unfairly. That is real progress. But, we must also guard against aggressive, misogynistic worldviews. They are pushing back, sometimes violently. This hate poses great risk to all people.

“We must continue to make progress on gender equality issues. We must prevent all forms of violence against women.

“Alberta Liberals are advocating for more women’s shelters funding. 16,722 women, children and seniors were turned away last year. That cannot continue. We believe there should be greater focus on the root causes of violence against women.

“Let’s work together on these challenges. Let’s improve quality of life for all people.”


Alberta Liberals ask Premier Notley to deliver our call for reinstated extended Federal EI benefits to Prime Minister Trudeau at the First Ministers’ Meeting this week

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are asking Premier Rachel Notley to join with them and call for the Prime Minister to reinstate extended federal EI benefits at the First Ministers’ Meeting.

Khan stated, “The Prime Minister must do more than just talk about the oil price differential crisis. He must understand its impact on Alberta jobs. We want him to reinstate extended federal EI benefits. We want Premier Notley to strongly deliver our message this week. Albertans do not want more words. Albertans want action.

Khan stated, “We know Albertans want to work. But if they can’t get a job, they need help. The oil price differential and new mandated production cuts could lead to more layoffs. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help them through this troubling time.

“Bank of Montreal’s economists forecast the oil production cuts will have a harsh effect on Alberta’s economy. They estimate Alberta’s 2019 GDP annualized growth may be cut in half from 2.4% to 1.2%. TD Bank’s economists echo those forecasts, predicting Alberta’s GDP growth could fall to as low as 1.1% from 2.3% next year. Those are serious hits to Alberta’s economy. They will hurt Albertans.

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Alberta Liberals call on Federal Government to extend EI benefits to struggling Alberta workers

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and MLA David Swann are calling on the Federal Government to reinstate extended unemployment benefits for Alberta workers losing their jobs.

Khan stated, “We know Albertans want to work. But if they can’t get a job,they need help. The oil price differential and new production cuts could lead to more layoffs. Calgary’s unemployment rate is already a staggering 8.4%. We must do all we can to help them through this troubling time.

“Bank of Montreal’s economists forecast the oil production cuts will have a harsh effect on Alberta’s economy. They estimate Alberta’s 2019 GDP annualized growth will be cut in half from 2.4% to 1.2%. TD Bank’s economists echo those forecasts, predicting Alberta’s GDP growth could fall to as low as 1.1% from 2.3% next year. Those are serious hits to Alberta’s economy. They will hurt Albertans.

“In 2016, the Federal Government provided enhanced employment insurance benefits to Albertans. It extended EI benefits for unemployed works for an additional five weeks. It’s time for them to do so again. We’re asking the NDP Government to join with us in calling for this action.”

Swann stated, “The Federal Government could do a lot to relieve the economic pain being felt by Albertans in the wake of this price differential crisis. It is my hope the NDP Government will join us in calling for this necessary measure.”

Alberta Liberals support the Government’s temporarily oil production cuts as an emergency intervention to bolster prices. But, we also have concerns about execution and unintended consequences. There could be negative impacts on jobs. Albertans need to be protected.

David Khan and David Swann are available for interviews.